Coma teenager’s home ransacked

BURGLARS ransacked the home of a Lancaster teenager while he was recovering from a coma in hospital.

The 19-year-old, who does not wish to be named, suffered serious head and back injuries in the crash on Ashton Road on April 29, after the Rover he was driving collided with parked cars on the railway bridge near Ripley St Thomas High School.

He was at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with his mother, 34, when the break-in happened overnight last Friday.

She had been staying with her son in hospital after he had recently woken from a coma and started talking following the near fatal accident which has left him with “life-changing injuries”.

During the burglary a number of items of jewellery belonging to the teenager were taken including a 26in, thick gold chain, with oval and round links and a pattern on alternate links. A computer games console and several games were also stolen.

Det Cons Paul Donnelly said: “This is a dreadful crime made all the more despicable given the circumstances surrounding it.

“I would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anything suspicious on the evening in question to contact police.

“I would also like to speak with anybody who may have any information that may lead to the recovery of the property.”

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

Residents living near the scene of the accident met Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw last month to campaign for new safety measures on the stretch of road where the collision occurred.